Nostalgic memories of Abbots Ripton's local history

Share your own memories of Abbots Ripton and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

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Oh what a school to be educated in. Academic chances and great sports facilities. I classed myself as an average student,and one who was successful in Football and Cricket, representing the school in both, and the county in football. Left school in 1956 to join Midland Bank Ltd. I was (...Read full memory)

My father and mother farmed at Heath Farm, Harold and Lucy Peacock, I remember the house and barns well, along with the pond that I used to catch newts in! Loved ice skating on the pond in front of the house also Guy Fawkes night, my Dad and helpers would have a huge bonfire and fireworks, one year something went (...Read full memory)

I was 5 and my dad was sent to Abbots Ripton to be the local policeman. We lived in the policehouse down Moat Lane next door to Mrs Bielby and I was friendly with Julie Stewart who had 4 sisters and 1 brother. We had great times climbing trees and going on picnics. We were also the first pupils in the new school!

My father, Gerald Blockley, originally from Derby, had just completed a degree in History from Unversity College, London and was appointed to teach at Bruce Grove School in Tottenham in 1939. He was evacuated with a lot of the children to Abbots Ripton in the autumn of 1939. He managed to find lodgings (...Read full memory)

when a chap broke into Bernie the Butlers house, he stole a bycicle from Bernies and rode a short distance, then dumped the bike, when the Posse was after him. 4x4s were flying around the village getting people to check there sheds and outbuildings. The farm labourers were (...Read full memory)